This fun and fizzy Strawberry Grapefruit Paloma is a refreshing and fruity twist on the classic Paloma cocktail we all know and love. With every sip, you’ll appreciate and take notice of the perfect balance happening between the tart grapefruit and sweet strawberries. You’re going to love this refreshing tequila based cocktail.
Easy Strawberry Grapefruit Paloma Recipe
This Strawberry Grapefruit Paloma is a deliciously, refreshing cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. My version is made with premium silver (white) tequila, however, this Paloma can also be made with mezcal for a bolder flavor. The sweetness of the strawberries and the tanginess of the grapefruit are balanced with grapefruit soda. The final drink is enhanced with a sugar or salted rim, giving it that extra burst of flavor with every sip.
The first time I experienced a Paloma was on a trip to Mexico. I was visiting a small beach town and stumbled upon a local bar that served some fairly amazing cocktails. But, as soon as I tried the Paloma, I knew this was going to be my favorite. I was truly an inexperienced cocktail drinker at that point in my life, but I did love how refreshing this grapefruit cocktail tasted. The bartender had added a touch of sugar to the rim of the glass, which to this day I tend to prefer (more than salt), when drinking any flavor of Paloma . Maybe it was the warm sun, the sound of the waves, and the strong cocktails that all came together to create a truly memorable afternoon – but every time time I sip on a Paloma, I can’t help but reminisce about that day on the water.
This Paloma is a nice switch from traditional margaritas, mostly because of its bright, fruit-forward flavors. The fresh strawberries and tart grapefruit and lime really embody how a refreshing cocktail can be.
Enjoy this cocktail year round, it’s the perfect addition to your drink menu.
How to Make a Paloma with Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Instead of using grapefruit soda, as called for in this recipe, you can easily use fresh grapefruit juice to make this recipe.
You will need to account for the sweetness in the grapefruit soda by either using a simple syrup or a teaspoon of sugar in the cocktail shaker.
A ratio of four ounces fresh grapefruit juice (which can be added the cocktail shaker) and two ounces of plain seltzer or club soda can be poured on top of the final drink.
This is a great option when grapefruit is in season.
You can make a non-alcoholic version by just leaving out the tequila.
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Strawberry Grapefruit Paloma
- 2 tbsps granulated sugar
- 1 lime wedge
- 2-3 strawberries, chopped
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice (1 tablespoon)
- 2 oz. silver tequila (1/4 cup) (mezcal also works)
- 4-6 oz. grapefruit soda, such as Jarritos (preferred) or Squirt, chilled
- sliced strawberries or grapefruit wedge
- thyme or rosemary sprig
- Pour sugar onto a plate. Run a lime wedge along the rim of a highball glass and gently press the edges of the glass into the sugar. (If you prefer a salt rim, feel free to switch it out.)
- Add strawberries and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and use a muddler to mash the strawberries. Add tequila and and fill the shaker halfway with ice.
- Shake well, until chilled, and strain into prepared highball glass filled with ice.
- Top off with chilled grapefruit soda and garnish with strawberries and thyme.
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